Mary Kom sets sights on Rio Games

first_img 0 × RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Mary Kom settles for a bronze mary-kom mary-kom SHARE April 22, 2016 COMMENT Ace boxing star Mary Kom is gearing up to repeat her success in London Olympics, where she won the Bronze medal, in the forthcoming Rio Olympics.But to make it to the Rio Games, she will have to first qualify at the upcoming tough round of boxing championship to be held in Kazakhstan next month.Sharing here journey and her experiences, the boxing star said, “I believe, nothing is impossible if there is focus and dedication to achieve any goal.”Referring to her humble background, she said, “I come from a simple, poor, lower middle class family and with determination and dedication have made it to the Olympic podium in spite of several hurdles and opposition at home. Before marriage, it was tough to convince my parents and after marriage, it was yet again difficult to convince my husband to pursue boxing career,” she said.Speaking at a function here today where she was inducted as the Brand Ambassador for the Hyderabad-based hospitality and club chain Country Club Hospitality and Holidays Ltd, Mary Kom said, “It has been a tough fight in life too as I have to take care of three children. My husband, a footballer who played for Mizoram, has been extremely supportive of my passion for boxing. This has given me the flexibility to pursue the sport.”“My immediate focus is to give my best at Kazakhstan which will enable me to quality for the Rio Games. Once I achieve that I will get bigger laurels for the country,” she says with a sense of confidence and pride.Rajya Sabha nominationAsked about being shortlisted by the Centre for nomination to the Rajya Sabha, Mary Kom said, “I never aspired for any position. But will accept with humility any role given to me.”“Ours is a country where it is difficult for women to pursue a sport like boxing. When I started to take up the game years ago, it was even difficult to imagine a women boxing. But things have changed over the past few years with the government encouraging women to take up a sports like boxing and creating infrastructure,” she explained.Asked about the proposed academy, Mary Kom said the Boxing academy she was setting up is advanced stage of completion and will be launched later during the year. Mary Kom to be brand ambassador of Northeast sport COMMENTSlast_img read more

They Just Defend: Juergen Klopp Frustrated as Manchester United Stifle Liverpool

first_img footballJuergen KloppliverpoolManchester United First Published: October 21, 2019, 12:52 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp bemoaned Manchester United’s defensive tactics and a controversial VAR call as the European champions’ 17-game winning run in the Premier League came to an end in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.Marcus Rashford’s controversial goal handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling Red Devils a 1-0 half-time lead, but they could not hold out for a much-needed victory as substitute Adam Lallana levelled five minutes from time. Liverpool move six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, but Klopp still felt his side missed an opportunity to inflict more pain on a United side sitting 13th in the Premier League.”Pretty much everything went against us. Our own performance in the first half as well,” said Klopp, who was left baffled by the VAR decision not to rule out Rashford’s goal for a foul on Divock Origi by Victor Lindelof in the build-up.”I was 100 percent sure VAR will overrule it,” he added. “The ref let the game run because he has VAR but then VAR says then ‘it is not clear’ so we could say it is not a foul. It’s a clear VAR issue in how we deal with it in the moment.”The two most successful sides in English football could not have come into the game in more contrasting form.However, United answered Solskjaer’s calls to rise to the occasion as his switch to a 3-5-2 formation restricted the league leaders to precious few chances.”When we come here this year, last year and the year before they just defend. It’s not criticism, it’s just a fact,” added Klopp.”The quality they have, (when they) set up like that, it’s really difficult. It’s no excuse, we needed to do better.”We are a good team and it’s normal people think about how they stop us.”‘IT’S NOT BASKETBALL’United had not scored in their two previous matches prior to the international break, but finally produced a moment of quality going forward to take the lead, even if fortune was also on their side for the goal to stand.After Lindelof and Origi’s coming together, Daniel James’s cross perfectly picked out Rashford to prod past Alisson.”No chance,” said Solskjaer when asked if he thought it was a foul by Lindelof.”It’s not basketball, he touched him but it’s not a clear and obvious error. I don’t think it’s a foul.”United are now off to their worst league start in 33 years as a point leaves them still just two points above the relegation zone, but Solskjaer is hopeful holding the league leaders proves to be a turning point.”I’m disappointed I can’t sit here and talk about a win, but the performance is very positive,” said Solskjaer. “One point today is the start of something. We need to start winning games.”Liverpool’s frustration only grew before half-time when Sadio Mane outmuscled Lindelof to turn in what he thought was an equaliser, only for VAR to this time rule the goal out for a handball by the Senegalese.Klopp sprinted down the touchline at the half-time whistle, but was unable to change the pattern of the game after the interval as Liverpool continued to dominate possession without creating many chances.Their lack of a cutting edge was not helped by the absence of Mohamed Salah who was missing with an ankle injury.However, Lallana, who had played just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season prior to coming off the bench 20 minutes from time, was in the right place at the right time to make a telling contribution in the title race as he tapped home at the back post from Andy Robertson’s cross. Related StoriesManchester United vs Liverpool: Salah Out Injured but Alisson Returns, De Gea Fit to Start last_img read more